On yesterday’s The Terry Barber and Jesse Romero Show a woman named Julie called in to share her remarkable story of how Pope Francis’ visit to the United States lead her to the Catholic Church and helped start the process of healing from her abortions.
Julie shared with Terry and Jesse that she has had three abortions, and the third one devastated her and weighed upon her for many years. Julie told the hosts:
“Nobody tells you that you will empty your soul. Nobody tells you that there will be a deep sadness that you’re going to carry on your own, until you can set that shame aside to just ask for help. So many people walk around with that sadness and they don’t know what to do.”
Julie continued on with her life, but said she always felt a sense of emptiness and sadness. Then she heard that Pope Francis would be visiting the United States. Although Julie was not Catholic, she said:
“I always had curiosity about the Catholic religion because my husband is Catholic, but he hasn’t been practicing his faith. I was drawn to the structure that I would see or hear about, but I just never thought I would be welcomed because of my past.
I saw that the pope was coming to town, and … I didn’t think much of it. And then he arrived and as soon as he got here, I changed the channel he was on there. I can’t explain it. I just saw him and I started crying. I couldn’t stop watching him. … and I couldn’t watch him without tears coming down my face. I felt hope and I felt relief, but I didn’t know where it was coming from.”
A few days later, Julie saw the Planned Parenthood videos and it brought her back to her own abortion experiences. She said:
“I felt absolutely desperate. I felt desperate and I felt like I don’t know what I’m going to because I don’t know how to live with this anymore. So I got in the car and I drove to a Catholic Church and I walked in and I said ‘Is there a priest here? Can I talk to a priest?’ And they got me a priest and I sat down and I just started crying. And I said ‘I just have one question. Is abortion a forgivable sin? Can I start a relationship with God and will He forgive me?’ And they were welcoming and they said ‘Yes.'”
The next Sunday, Julie told her husband she would like to go to Mass at the Catholic Church. Although he had not practiced his faith in many years, he went with her. He has now agreed to begin attending Mass with Julie, and Julie is in the process of joining RCIA in order to be baptized in the Catholic Church.
Please keep Julie, her husband, and all who have been hurt by abortion in your prayers.
You can listen to Julie’s beautiful story in its entirety in this 15 minute clip from The Terry Barber and Jesse Romero Show: